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5 Trends That Shaped the Way We Looked at Tech in 2017

By | Dec 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm

As we approach the last stretch of 2017, here’s a look a the major tech trends that has shaped our year, and lives. Decentralization Perhaps the most impactful trend this year is the proliferation of Blockchain technologies and crypto currencies into the mainstream. On…

Gear & Gadgets

Gift Guide 2017: STEM Toys for Kids

By | Dec 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

These days kid’s toys offer more than just moving pieces around the board or driving them around a sandbox. Today, parents can help their kids get a head start in STEM and have fun doing it together. This holiday if you are looking to…

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Internet of Things

The Internet of Things Is Already a Big Part of City Life

By | Nov 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm

We’ve been hearing about how the Internet of Things is coming soon and will be integrated into smart cities. But in reality, it is already here, and starting to affect how we live and work in the cities. Technology professionals should be aware of…

Tech.Co Top Stories

TechCo Top Stories: Augmented Reality, Smart Companies, and Spooky Space Sounds

By | Nov 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Halloween is in the rear view mirror and we’re pretty bummed about it. Not just because our costumes were on point, but also because all the fun, spooky stories that come with the scariest holiday of the year are now 365 days away. Fortunately,…

Startups & Apps

This Augmented Reality App Will Bring Your Wine Bottle to Life

By | Nov 2, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Everyone’s favorite scene in the Harry Potter movies is when the portraits throughout Hogwarts come to life. Past house leaders, former Quidditch seekers, and headmasters young and old adorn the castle walls with life-like enthusiasm and palpable excitement. Unfortunately, everyone over the age of…

Amazon

Seattle

Amazon Releases Augmented Reality App to View Products Before You Buy

By | Nov 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

As if we didn’t need another reason to purchase items from Amazon. Today the company launched a new augmented reality app for iOS that will allow consumers to view thousands of products for their home before they buy. Augmented Reality This trend of “view before…

Augmented Reality

5 AR Shopping Apps That Will Help You Find Gifts This Holiday

By | Oct 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm

The iPhone X is available for preorders this weekend, and as with Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, it has arrived with a strong focus on its new AR capabilities. Augmented reality apps have broken into the mainstream, and thanks to a certain…

Startup Spotlight

San Francisco

Startup Spotlight: Mental Health, AR Tech Support and Eyeglasses for Kids

By | Oct 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm

If you’ve ever been tech support for your parents then you’ll understand the frustration of trying to explain directions over video chat when you can’t illustrate a specific instruction – well we have a solution for you. Each week TechCo discovers the latest emerging…

Augmented Reality

7 Predictions for the Future of Augmented Reality

By | Oct 23, 2017 at 8:30 am

Imagine grocery shopping with a set of glasses that directs you to your preferred items on the shelf, or repairing your car with help from an expert technician who virtually comes into your garage to walk you through the fix. Imagine visiting the Louvre…

Apple

Cupertino

Apple Event 2017: Apps, Updates and AR Integrations

By | Sep 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Today, at the opening of the Steve Jobs Theater, the Apple 2017 Special Event released information on a range of upcoming products and projects. Naturally, the iPhone was once again an integral section of the event — both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone…

Augmented Reality

Why Local Broadcasters Are Turning to Augmented Reality

By | Aug 16, 2017 at 9:20 am

Augmented reality (AR) is growing in use by broadcast news outlets — even local news studios are exploring AR as a tool to bring their broadcasts up to date and engage their audiences. It’s a sign of the evolving times that a growing tech niche…

Augmented Reality

The Parable of Pokemon Go

By | Aug 6, 2017 at 8:05 am

Every few hours, the train station a block from my Chicago apartment switches control. New colors go up, and new groups are no longer welcome. Blue, red, blue, red. This isn’t about gangs, though. This is about teams, the cousins of gangs, which are…

Augmented Reality

Disney’s Magic Bench Is the Mixed Reality Experience We’ve Been Waiting For

By | Jul 31, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Since Who Framed Roger Rabbit, children of all ages, including immature adults like myself, have dreamed of being able to interact with cartoon characters. With similar iterations like Space Jam spurring this desire even further, technology had no hope of keeping up with the excitement brought…

Augmented Reality

How Augmented Reality Is Bringing Museum Exhibits to Life

By | Jul 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm

After the meteoric rise of Pokémon Go, augmented reality became a staple of the mainstream tech discussion. Every entrepreneur, tech enthusiast, and innovative mind in the world was thinking about how to utilize this revolutionary technology in a way that would entertain, educate, and…

Startup Spotlight

Oakland

Startup Spotlight: Text a Mentor, Local Food and Precious Cargo

By | Jul 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Summer is in full swing and it’s hard to go outside without breaking a sweat. Cool off at the pool this summer and let these innovative startups take care of the rest. Each week at TechCo, we spotlight five great startups in tech. This…

Augmented Reality

China

Is the World Ready for College Acceptance Letters in Augmented Reality?

By | Jul 6, 2017 at 11:30 am

Technology has been used for some pretty crazy reasons. Whether it’s WiFi connected egg trays, self-driving potatoes, or KFC meal boxes that can charge your smartphone, a notable lack of attention to necessity when it comes to innovative ideas rarely gets in the way…

Social Media

The Changing Face of Social Media

By | Jun 30, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Before the days of Friendster and Myspace, the internet was a place of forums and one-to-one messaging. Between pseudo anonymous forums like The WELL, short away messages on AIM, and dial-up connections, these web based technologies and platforms have drastically changed over the past…